St. Elmo, Colorado

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In Chaffee County, Colorado, there is a ghost town called St. Elmo. To get there, you must travel down a dirt road, next to a creek, into the mountains.

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The town was originally founded in 1880, and served as a mining town for gold and silver. At one time, there was a population of nearly 2000 people.

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There was once a train that ran through the town, but in 1922, the tracks, and the town, were abandoned.

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There are no longer any full-time residents of the town, only some summer cabin dwellers. There is a small general store, but this is the only building that is open to the public.

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I was amazed at how well-preserved this little town was.

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There is a 6-mile four-wheel drive pass that will take you to the town of Tin Cup. I have plans for my next trip to make it up this way!

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Thank you to the St. Elmo General Store for the history behind this town, and the delicious ice cream sandwich!

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This town was worth visiting if even for the drive alone! Below is an image taken near the Mount Princeton Hot Springs on the way up the mountain. IMG_3470

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